A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that child deaths in car crashes have declined by over 43 percent over the past decade. Still, one in three deaths happened in cases where a child was not in a proper safety seat or restraint.
Wyoming and Tennessee are the only states with child safety-seat laws for children eight and under. Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatzwith the C-D-C says that parent education and car seat distribution help make sure more children are buckled up properly, and she recognizes Wyoming for their child safety-seat law.
Sauber-Schatz said that health-care providers can actually play a role in making sure children are safe in vehicles.
The C-D-C recommends all children should be in the back seat of vehicles until age 13. Rear facing car seats are for infants up to age two. Front facing seats are suitable from two to five, and booster seats are to be used until a child has grown enough for a seat belt to fit properly across the chest and lap.